Meet Richard Huang
What brought you to the Oval? What made you choose the Oval?
Back when the oval opened a few years ago, a couple of high school friends and myself went for drop-ins to try it out. We would go in the morning and stay all the way to the evening sometimes. As we were students, we wanted to get our moneys worth. As I graduated high school, I wanted a gym membership that gave me the most bang for my buck. Oval does provide a convenient parking, flexibility with long hours, and lots of equipment to use.
What are your favourite activities here and why?
My favourite activities at the oval would be basketball and using the gym. The oval is great because there are enough courts for my team to practice and play on. In addition, the gym much bigger compared to other community gyms; usually use the free weights & bench presses, I get my cardio from playing basketball.
I think the biggest difference from the oval compared to others is its size. Just the size and amount of facilities/ equipment makes the oval such a great venue to stay fit. In addition, oval is unique with the different challenges that are on to encourage clients to be more active. I think it is a great initiative to get people more fit and active.
Do you competitively compete in any sport?
I use to compete in basketball leagues. However, with work, I have decrease the amount of competitive leagues that I join.
How has the Oval supported you in your fitness journey?
Oval makes it easy for me to go to the gym and let me stay active. Again, it is the flexibility and the amount of equipment/ facilities that is the key for me.
I would like to try yoga for sure. I use to do yoga at the oval with sign ups, but now it is hard to coordinate session times with my work schedule.
What do you enjoy the most in life?
I enjoy being able to live in such a beautiful city and being able to do different activities. Summer I usually hike up at Cypress or Squamish area, Winter I go snowboarding.
Is there anything that you would like to see the Oval to improve?
Honestly, I think oval is doing a great job with management and customer service. I would say for long time Members, if there could be some sort of discount off memberships it would be great. Parking at times when there are events, I do find availability for space is limited; parking decals for Members could be a suggestion. But overall, I do not see any other improvements at this time.